Crime rates 2019: Inside real-life 'Minority Report' predictive policing slashing crime

“We’re trying to take the officer’s judgment, and the potential for bias, out of the equation of control operations.”

Although he admits it is hard to qualify Predpoi’s efficiency in cutting crime, he believes using the company “generally double digit decrease in targeted crimes.”

Mr MacDonald said: “We have one agency in California that saw about 50 percent reduction in auto theft over a five year period, which is pretty significant.

“We have one in New Jersey that saw a 60 percent in robberies in one year – again, very significant.

“My chief scientist is always warning me you can’t prove cause causation in social sciences generally, but you can prove a pretty strong correlation.